Mac users urged to be vigilant in light of almost undetectable Fruitfly malware

Published on: 14 Aug 2017

Mac users urged to be vigilant in light of almost undetectable Fruitfly malware

 

A new surveillance malware has been discovered that provides an almost undetectable Mac backdoor.

 

Fruitfly has been around for years but has only recently been detected by researchers. This highly invasive malware can create a backdoor and help the attacker control the device through the Command and Control server.

 

This means it can take screenshots of the display, remotely switching on the webcam, and modifying files, while later versions can move the mouse.

 

Research published earlier this year reported a huge 744 per cent rise in Mac malware in 2016.

 

Only a small number of users are known to have been targeted by Fruitfly with the main target being biomedical professionals initially, before it switched focus to home users.

 

McAfee warned in a blog that all Mac users need to be vigilant as smaller, tailored FruitFly campaigns may continue to persist for a while. Additionally, much of the code written for FruitFly is cross platform, meaning that it can also run on Linux.

 

Mac users can protect themselves from older variants by updating their computer with the latest patch, while newer variants may need to run up-to-date security products to ensure detection and prevention.